Pharmaceutical Sciences

A partnership between Alverno College and the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
Whether you want to prepare life-saving medications for patients or work in a research laboratory to develop the next cure, this dual degree program can prepare you for a rewarding career in the pharmaceutical field. It can also help you earn that white coat faster: it combines just three years of Pharmaceutical Sciences studies at Alverno with Medical College of Wisconsin’s three-year Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Alverno College has partnered with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) School of Pharmacy on a dual degree program that will allow full-time Alverno students who successfully complete the pharmacy program prerequisites to gain early-assurance direct admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at MCW.

The dual degree program offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Alverno and a PharmD degree from the MCW School of Pharmacy in just six years. Students complete three years in Alverno’s Pharmaceutical Sciences program and three years at MCW’s School of Pharmacy. The course work completed in the first year of study in the PharmD program transfers back to Alverno, fulfilling Alverno’s Bachelor of Science degree requirements. This option alleviates some of the financial burden of tuition for students seeking to obtain a bachelor’s degree and PharmD degree.

Admission into pharmacy school

During your third year at Alverno, you’ll apply to the Medical College of Wisconsin’s School of Pharmacy. To be guaranteed an interview, you must successfully complete MCW’s admissions requirements within the Pharmaceutical Sciences program, maintaining a 2.75 GPA and a C- or better in all pre-pharmacy courses, and score a minimum of 35 on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). If you go on to the Medical College of Wisconsin, you will receive a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Alverno after you complete your first year of pharmacy school. If you do not move on to MCW, you can complete your fourth year at Alverno to earn a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Natural Sciences, or you can choose to immediately receive an associate degree in Integrated Natural Sciences from Alverno with no additional coursework required.

The Alverno edge
Alverno is internationally known for its unique abilities-based curriculum. Instead of competing against classmates, you’ll strive to achieve your personal best by practicing the hands-on skills valued by pharmacy schools: critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership and communication. These skills will help you stand out in interviews and at the workplace. In fact, employers frequently tell us that Alverno graduates are more poised and prepared than their peers.

The support you need to succeed
Forget about giant lecture halls or vying for face time with professors in crowded classes. Alverno’s 10-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and small class sizes — almost always under 25 students — will allow you to perform your best. Alverno’s Pre-Health program offers seminars, personalized advising, peer support and other resources to help make you a competitive candidate for pharmacy school.

Internships for the Pharmaceutical Sciences student
Alverno’s Internship Office, which is connected to more than 2,000 partner sites, can help you find the right opportunity to advance your goals. Some past internships sites have included the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County Health Department, Sigma Aldrich and the Water Technology Accelerator at the Global Water Center.

How you can use your degree
Most students will elect to go on to pharmacy school at the the Medical College of Wisconsin. But if you decide to go straight into the workforce, your science degree will prepare you for a variety of jobs in research, industry or teaching.


Have questions about studying Pharmaceutical Sciences at Alverno? We invite you to connect with faculty to learn more.

Angela FreyAngela Frey, Ph.D.
STEM chair